Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony A6400, A6500 and vs Canon EOS RP, Nikon Z6, Sony A7iii

Fujifilm X-T30 – Fair vs Unfair Comparisons

The Fujifilm X-T30 has been announced yesterday, and hence it’s already time for comparisons… all kind of comparisons, fair and unfair ones ;).

We will compare the Fujifilm X-T30 to other APS-C cameras like the Sony A6400, Sony A6500, Fujifilm X-T3 and Fujifilm X-T20, and then compare it to full frame Canon EOS RP, Nikon Z6 and Sony A7iii.

BHphoto allows you to make your own specs comparisons. All you have to do is to search on BHphoto for a camera and check the box “add to compare” under the product on the search page. You can pick up to four cameras.

Click above to see the unfair comparison (compared to Full Frame), and below you find the fair one (compared to APS-C).

Fujifilm X-T30: BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / FocusCamera
Fujinon XF16mm f/2.8: BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / FocusCamera

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AmazonUS Tells People the Sony A6500 is an Upgrade to the Fujifilm X-T3

AmazonUS is telling people, that the Sony A6500 is an upgrade to the Fujifilm X-T3.

That’s a nice Sony advertising :).

If I was Fujifilm USA, I’d contact AmazonUS and ask to correct this as soon as possible… or at least to add to the recommended items for the Sony A6500 some professional heat resistant gloves.

Just kidding guys, both great cameras in their own way. We will have enough “heavy” topics to discuss in the next few weeks, that starting this week with some lightness can’t hurt.

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Eye AF Compared: Fujifilm X-T3 vs Sony a6400 vs Sony a9 vs Sony a6500 vs Sony a7R III by Tony Northrup

Fuji vs Sony

It looks like Sony raised the bar once again, when it comes to eye-AF and AF-tracking.

Tony Northrup compared the eye-AF of the brand new Sony A6400, with the one of the Fujifilm X-T3, Sony A6500, Sony A9 and Sony A7rIII. He moved very harshly and pushed the magic eye-AF algorithms of the different cameras to their limits. Here are his results.

  • Fujifilm X-T3 – 24% in focus
  • Sony a6500 – 37% in focus
  • Sony a7RIII – 60% in focus
  • Sony a6400 – 98% in focus
  • Sony a9 – 100% in focus

Sony’s eye-AF also works from more distance to the subject than Fuji’s.

So, Fuji, time to work on the next Kaizen firmware update to catch up ;) .

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Competition Compared: Sony a6400 vs Fujifilm X-T20 vs Fujifilm X-T3 vs Sony a6500 vs Fujifilm X-T30

Sony A6400

Sony announced the Sony A6400, which, given its price and features, we can consider the Fujifilm X-T30 competitor.

The Fujifilm X-T30 will be announced February 14.

Above you can find a specs sheet comparison between the Sony A6400, Fujifilm X-T20, Sony A6500, Fujifilm X-T3 as well as an initial list of Fujifilm X-T30 specs, assuming it has the same sensor/processor of X-T3.

Animal Face/Eye Detection

Fujifilm already has it! :)

In fact, this forgotten Fujifilm digital camera offered “pet detection” for cats and dogs already 8 years ago.

Of course Sony’s solution is much more sophisticated and potentially very useful for wildlife photographers, so let’s hope Fujifilm will catch up on that feature, improve and extend it, and bring it to us Fuji X series lovers via Kaizen love soon.

New Autofocus

The showpiece of the Sony A6400 is definitely the new autofocus system, but we have to wait real life reviews to see if it really lives up to the hype Sony created with its promo videos.

If so, then it’s definitely impressive.

The Fujifilm X-T30 will feature the new sensor and processor of the Fujifilm X-T3, hence we can expect an excellent performer in terms of autofocus and eye-AF. Can’t wait to see the first real life comparisons with Sony’s new AF system.

Dealbreaker Selfie Screen?

The Sony A6400 also targets vloggers. However, with an on camera microphone attached, you can no longer see yourself in the upwards tilting selfie screen. A possible dealbreaker for vloggers.

If the Fujifilm X-T30 has a selfie screen, then it could be the one of the Fujifilm X-T100, which I consider a brilliant solution for hybrid stills/video shooters, except for one downside, as we told you here.

You guys already told us which kind of tilt screen you prefer (for Fujifilm X-H2). Check out and vote the poll here.

Lack of APS-C Lenses

If Sony’s wants to create an attractive APS-C system, they need to add several high quality APS-C lenses, but sadly Sony didn’t announce any new APS-C lens.

To cover the gaps in their APS-C lens line-up, you must get the more expensive and bigger FE-mount full frame lenses, which kind of destroys the purpose of buying into APS-C.

The Fujifilm X-T30 has on its side a terrific lens line-up specifically designed for APS-C. You find from big, heavy and expensive glass to small, portable and afforable lenses. A mature system.

Sony Kaizen

The probably most exciting part of the recent announcements, was Sony’s promise to add the new autofocus system as well as new features (interval recording) via firmware update to the Sony A9, Sony A7III and Sony A7rIII.

Let’s hope Sony will permanently adopt Fujifilm’s Kaizen strategy, since customers will benefit so much from it (companies a little bit less, since they hold off people from upgrading more frequently to newer models).

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DPReview Fujifilm X-T3 Review: “Arguably the Best Stills/Video Camera on the Market Right Now” – GOLD AWARD

Fujifilm X-T3 Review

DRPeview just published their full Fujifilm X-T3 review, and it snaps the gold award with an overall score of 88% (the Sony A7III has an overall score of 89%).

It easily beats the Sony A6500, autofocus is improved a lot, although eye AF on Sony is still better. The Nikon D500 would still be their favorite choice for sports photography, but overall the Fujifilm X-T3 is the better choice.

Compared to the Sony A7III they say:

Putting up more fierce competition is the Sony a7 III which, for a few hundred dollars more, offers the step up in image quality that full-frame can bring, as well as in-body image stabilization and a larger grip. The X-T3 is arguably nicer to shoot and actually out-performs the 8-bit video of the Sony but it can’t compete with its image quality or fully match the Sony’s AF performance. However, the Fujifilm is less expensive and smaller, especially if you factor in the lenses you might want, so it depends on your priorities.”

What we like What we don’t
  • Excellent stills image quality in both JPEG and Raw
  • Impressive 10-bit 4K video capture
  • Traditional dial-based controls with good level of customization
  • Fast, configurable autofocus
  • Rapid shooting with decent buffer
  • Option for separate stills and video exposure settings
  • Effective eye detection system (though not up to Sony Eye AF standard)
  • Eterna color mode great if you don’t want to have to grade your footage
  • 10-bit Log capture (even at 60p) great if you do
  • Includes both headphone and mic sockets
  • Bluetooth makes connecting to a phone easier
  • Viewfinder nicely detailed
  • Dual-hinged screen is highly versatile
  • USB charging is convenient
  • Slightly higher noise levels at very high ISOs than its predecessor
  • Some lenses can’t take full advantage of X-T3’s AF speeds
  • Very quick to drop to a slower, darker preview mode (presumably to save battery)
  • A tripod or gimbal is needed to get the best of the camera’s video
  • No way to quickly toggle Face Detection
  • No non-face subject tracking in video

Check out the full review at dpreview here.

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